Latest class for Bristol Sports Hall of Fame listed

By MICHAEL LETENDRE

STAFF WRITER

The Bristol Sports Hall of Fame recently announced their 2016 Inductees. This year’s class is comprised of Tom Chauvin, Steve Cowdell, Jay Calnan, William L. Greger Sr., Bernard E. O’Keefe, Frank Owsianko, Douglas Pina, and Stacey Porrini-Clingan.

The BSHOF will honor these individuals on Nov. 14 from the Double Tree in Bristol.

It will be the 20th annual induction ceremony for the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame and further information can be found at www.bshof.org.

Here is a special look at each of these individuals who will be honored that night:

 

Tom Chauvin — Born in Hartford, he graduated from East Hartford’s Penney High School in 1966 and Central Connecticut State University four years later. He coached girls tennis at Bristol Eastern between 1977 and 2013, producing a record of 385-214 with 30 winning seasons. The Lancers were ranked No. 1 in the state in their class during the regular season in 1996, 1997, and 2001, going 16-0 in 2001.

Steve Cowdell — When the topic comes up on the greatest Bristol high school wrestlers, the name of Steve Cowdell is always mentioned. A 1970 graduate of Bristol Central, he was an All-State wrestler in both his junior and senior seasons. He was a state tournament MVP and won the State Open his last two seasons, recording an undefeated year in 1969. He went on to compete on the U.S. Marine Corps Wrestling Team in 1973.

Jay Calnan — A 1983 Bristol Eastern and 1987 Tufts University graduate, he played baseball and football in high school and football in college. Coming into Bristol Eastern, he had won a batting title in PONY League baseball. He played four years of football and was captain of the Tufts football team, NESCAC champions in 1986.

William L. Greger Sr. — He played baseball at McCabe-Waters Little League, PONY League baseball and basketball and baseball at J.J. Jennings School before going on to play four different sports at Bristol Eastern as a member of the class of ’62. He played for the Bristol American Legion as a two-time captain and member of the 1962 state champion team. He went on to coach, play and referee in different sports.

Bernard E. O’Keefe — He won a varsity letter for managing sports, while also running track and cross country at Bristol High as a member of the Class of ’55. He ran at UConn for a year and a half and went on to coach Bristol Central in cross country between 1970 and 1981, winning the first CCIL title for the school in 1966 and capturing titles in 1968 and 1969. He’s been an active member of the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame as well as other organizations in town.

Frank Owsianko (deceased) — He was nicknamed “The General” and his name was synonymous with old-time Forestville sports, having played, managed and owned teams from “The Village.” After playing sports at Bristol High, in addition to the above, he bowled for the Knights of Columbus and was its leading scorer and had the high single in three separate years, while doing somewhat similar in the Bristol Polish Club Service Duckpin League.

Douglas Pina — He left his mark in high school as a member of the Class of 1982 at Bristol Eastern and at Syracuse University as a 1987 graduate. Football was his sport, earning numerous awards along the way, such as All-State and All-American Prep, while coaching football at different levels. He earned All-State high school honorable mention in basketball and while at Syracuse played football in the Cherry Bowl.

Stacey Porrini-Clingan — An all-around standout athlete, she competed in swimming, basketball and track and field for Bristol Central as a member of the Class of 1993. She earned all-conference in each sport and when she graduated from high school, held the city mark with 1,032 basketball rebounds. She went on to the University of Maine to play basketball when the team earned three NCAA bids. In recent years, she’s coached youth basketball.sports